On July 15, the Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup was taking place in the country, which was suppressed the next day. Over 13,000 people have been detained in connection with the coup. Ankara believes that Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen and his supporters were seeking to overthrow the current government.
The Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO)/Parallel State Structure (PDY), made up of Gulen's supporters, is designated a terrorist organization by Ankara.
Ankara repeatedly stated that Gulen's was "undoubtedly" involved in the coup, while the cleric denies the claims. A number of educational institutions, allegedly related to Gulen, have been closed in Turkey and the neighboring states.